Don Guthrie
Ministries
Radio Broadcast Messages
Aired week of Sept 18 - 24, 2011
“End Times”


      Greetings in the name of Jesus! Hi, I'm Don Guthrie and I want to thank you for joining me today as we look
into God’s Holy Word to learn how we can become a better witnesses to the world and a more faithful followers of
Christ.

      Father, I come before you this day in the name of Jesus. I ask that you anoint me with your Holy Spirit that I
might speak the words you would have me speak. I ask that you open our ears and our heart to hear your message
and to understand your Holy Word. In Jesus name I ask these things: AMEN.

      For a number of weeks I have been speaking on end times and the signs pointing to Jesus’ coming. Today I’m
going to wrap up that series as we look at the words of Jesus found in Matthew 24:35-39

Matthew 24:35-39
35. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
36. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father   
    only.
37. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and
    giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
39. And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of
    the Son of man be.

      According to Jesus, no man can know the day or the hour he is coming. Not even the angels in heaven know
this. What this means, is that no-one can predict when he will come as some have tried to do, but, never the less,
we can know that the time is short and that he is coming soon by looking at the signs and comparing them to what
is happening in the world. These are the signs we’ve been looking at for the past number of weeks.  

      Today I want to concentrate on verses thirty-seven through thirty-nine of Matthew twenty-four.

37. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and
    giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
39. And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of
    the Son of man be.

      To understand what Jesus was talking about, let’s take a look at what the world was like before the flood.

Genesis 6:1-7
1.   And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters
    were born unto them,
2.   That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them
    wives of all which they chose.
3.   And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh:
    yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
4.   There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God
    came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became
    mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
5.   And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every
    imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
6.   And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his
    heart.
7.   And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth;
    both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me
    that I have made them.

      As mankind populated the earth, they started to turn away from God. They no longer felt any need to follow
him, or a need to seek his face. They began intermarrying, the wicked with the good, the sons and daughters of
Seth and the sons and daughters of Cain. They no longer felt a need to be Holy and pure, and sin abounded upon
the earth.

Verse five says  

5.   And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of
his heart
    was only evil continually

      The wickedness of man was great, so great that God determined to destroy the earth and everything in it. Man’
s heart was continually on wickedness, and his thoughts were only on wicked things. He desired the pleasures of
life and the things of the world, instead of the things of God and we find in verses six and seven:

6.   And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
7.   And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and
the
    creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

      Because Man had become so wicked, and had such a lust in his heart for evil, God determined to destroy
mankind. But in Genesis six, verses eight through thirteen we find.

Genesis 6:8-13
8.   But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
9.   These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations,
    and Noah walked with God.
10. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted  
    his way upon the earth.
13. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled
    with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

      This is one of the saddest storied found in the bible. Here is God, about to destroy his most precious creation,
man. Even though I he was about to destroy the earth, He had a desire to preserve the human race, but when he
searched the hearts of man, he could find only one human who was perfect and just in his ways. That man was
Noah.

      Some has estimated that there were probably as many people on the earth during the time of Noah as there is
today, and to think that God couldn’t find only one righteous man, one just and perfect man, who walked with God.
That my friend; is sad.

      As for the rest of the people verses eleven though thirteen tells it all:

11. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
12. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted
    his way upon the earth.
13. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled
    with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

      How could the whole population have become so ungodly? What caused them to turn from God and spend
their time effort and money on sin? The answer is simple, the same thing that’s causing the world of today to do the
same thing.

      Over the past number of weeks I have spoke on the condition of the world, the church and mankind in general.
All these things are similar to what was happening before the flood, before God decided to destroy man. I wonder
how many righteous people God could find on the earth today. I wonder how many just people there are, and how
many people he could find who are really what they profess to be. I wonder how many people could be considered
perfect like Noah. I am afraid God would find very few, and the numbers are decreasing rapidly with each
generation.

      Just like it was before the flood, man has become self centered, and selfish, wanting the things of the world,
and the pleasures of life instead of the things of God. Just like it was before the flood, man is concerned only in self
satisfaction and with what he can receive out of life. The world is full of sin, and un-repented sinners. It is
bombarded with false religions, and false teaching. It offers us all the pleasure we desire, and there is nothing to
stop us from diving in and enjoying them all. So called alternative lifestyles are protected by law. The rights to abort
a baby and so on are protected as well. The only group in the world who has no rights and little protection is the
Christian. Anyone, it seems, can say anything about us, and there is no law to stop them, but let us speak about
the sinners, and the sins they are committing and you can bet there are laws in effect to stop us.
      
      We are living in a time very much like it was before the flood. We are living in a time of great sin, and a falling
away from the one true God.

      Jesus said:  

37. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and         
    giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
39. And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of         
    the Son of man be.

      This is where I feel many in the Church are. Many no longer believe Jesus is coming, and if he is, they believe
he is not coming soon. Many are hoping to make things right later on, when they are through having a good time.
Many are going about their life living a life of hypocrisy, and lies, as they claim to be a Christian but live and act like
any other person in the world. They look at pornography, curse, drink, commit adultery, tell dirty jokes, lie, cheat,
and do all manor of sinful things.

      There are many who are practicing sin, and living like there will never be a judgment day. They eat, drink,
marry and give in marriage, with no consideration of their eternal life, and no thoughts of Jesus coming. I fear for
these people. I tremble when I think of how many will not be allowed into heaven because they have failed to follow
Jesus with all their heart, mind, soul and strength. I try to warn people. I preach, I teach, but do they hear? Is there
a change in their heart? I don’t know. But I do know that Jesus is coming soon and unless you and I are prepared,
we will not go to heaven with him.

      If only we knew the exact day, maybe that would make a difference. No that would not make a difference
either, because, if we knew the exact time Jesus was going to come, we would live our lives for the Devil right up
until the last day then repent hoping Jesus would forgive us, and take us to heaven with him. That’s why he didn’t
tell us when he was coming. That’s why it’s always been a secret, and why even the angels in heaven do not know.

      You see, Jesus doesn’t want us doing what’s right just to go to heaven. He wants us to do what’s right
because we love him and because we want to serve him. When one loves him they want to serve him. When he is
your lord and king, doing what’s right and obeying his teaching comes naturally.

      I want to go to heaven so bad, but even more so, I want God to be proud of me. I want him to be able to look
into my heart and see a righteous man, like Noah. I want to serve God and tell others about him, so they can serve
him as well.

      There’s nothing this world has to offer that’s half as good as what God has waiting for us. There is nothing on
this earth that can give us the peace he gives.

      Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh onto the father except through me.”

Jesus is the way, and he is returning soon. Are you ready to meet him? When he comes will you be found waiting
and watching, or will you be going about your daily business, thinking of the things of the world, with you mind far
from his coming?

      Jesus is coming, when I do not know, but without a doubt, according to the signs, it has to be soon.

      Until next time, I urge you to watch and wait, one day he will be here and those who are ready will go home to
be with him forever. AMEN